Protocols for Non-Residential Students in Off-Campus Placements
These protocols apply to students who are participating in a field placement required for graduation. These students do not live on the Simmons campus but live in Massachusetts with the ability to commute to campus to participate in testing or pick up PPE.
Off-Campus Placement Guidelines
All students participating in clinical or field placement activities for course credit as part of a Simmons degree program are expected to follow all requirements and guidelines set forth by their placement site. These requirements include testing, personal protective equipment (PPE) usage, physical distancing, hygiene, and other necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as any local, state, and federal guidelines. All students participating in an off-campus placement have signed an Acknowledgment of Risk form confirming this responsibility.
If a placement site requires a student to provide evidence of a negative test before starting a clinical or field placement, or if the site requires ongoing testing but cannot provide their own testing, the student can participate in the Simmons testing program on campus. Students who need testing should contact the Health Center to be included in the testing program.
Simmons is currently only providing ongoing testing for students residing on campus, students and faculty participating in on-campus classes, essential staff, and students who are participating in field placements where testing is required.
Personal Protective Equipment
Students should follow all requirements and guidelines put forth by placement sites regarding the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields, goggles, gowns, or other products. As part of the COVID-19 Addendum to the Affiliate Agreement, sites are asked to provide students PPE in the same manner and form as their own employees. In the case that a site requires a particular PPE product but is not willing or able to provide it to students, Simmons will provide PPE from campus inventory or purchase the necessary supplies.
Clinical and field placement coordinators at Simmons are responsible for determining the number of products that will need to be purchased for students at each placement site and communicating that to the Director of Purchasing. Clinical and field placement coordinators are also responsible for distributing PPE to students.
Quarantine and Isolation Procedures
Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate* in their own residence. If they cannot safely isolate at their off-campus residence, they can contact the Office of Residence Life to obtain an isolation location in a dedicated Simmons residence hall as space allows. Based on current CDC guidelines, Simmons is recommending that COVID-positive students should remain isolated:
- At least 10 days after symptoms appeared AND 72 hours with no symptoms or fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- If no symptoms develop, the student may discontinue isolation 10 days after the date of the positive test.
- People with severe illnesses or coexisting conditions may need to isolate for 20 days after symptom onset.
Any student identified as being within close contact with a person who has tested positive (defined as closer than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) is asked to quarantine** in their own residence for 14 days after the last instance of close contact.
It is the responsibility of the student to contact any professors, supervisors, site coordinators, or other relevant parties to inform them that they will not be able to attend class, work, or their field placement due to isolation or quarantine requirements.
*Isolation involves avoiding any physical and close contact with other people, even roommates or family members, in order to prevent the spread of the virus from an infected person to others who are not infected. If one cannot safely isolate themselves in their residence, they may contact the Office of Residence Life to isolate in a designated Simmons residence hall as space allows.
**Quarantine helps prevent spread of a contagious disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without experiencing symptoms. This involves remaining in one’s residence, avoiding contact with others, and monitoring one’s health.